The Drury Leadership Collaborative, formerly the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, advances the vision of the College of Graduate Studies in developing responsible leaders who aspire to thrive within their professions and service activities. The Leadership Collaborative is home to graduate-level academic programs, events, and initiatives that support leadership development through the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge.
The Drury Nonprofit Leadership Virtual Conference brings together industry leaders for one of the largest continuing education and networking opportunities of nonprofit professionals in the state.
In 2020, Drury was committed to offering the same quality conference as past years, while meeting the health and safety needs of organizations and the community. On October 30, 2020, the first ever VIRTUAL Drury Nonprofit Leadership Conference was held with over 150 participants, with presenters from across the country.
It is our intention to return to the Oasis Convention Center for the 2021 conference. Please check back for updates!
The Drury Leadership Collaborative is led by Dr. Lori Slater. Dr. Slater has been with Drury University as a full-time faculty member in the School of Education and Child Development since 2017. Prior to entering the field of education, she spent many years in San Diego in the hospitality field, and several years in Nevada in the mortgage industry. Her time in education has included teaching in a high school classroom, providing mentorship at a school district level, working for a state department of education, providing professional learning to teachers and administrators, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
“The Leadership Collaborative is focused on meeting the unique needs of professional’s who are wanting that next step or a path to their next point in life. Employment demands have changed and it is exciting to be able to have options through graduate level certificates or masters degrees to foster the next leaders.” Lori Slater